This recipe will show you how to cook steak using your microwave. I know some of you reading this are thinking “But why? But how? Is it even possible? Well, yes it is possible and there are some pretty good reasons to microwave cook your steak so read on.
Many people like their steak medium-well-done or well-done. This means it that it is cooked all the way through with a pinkish to grey-brown colour in the middle. It’s middle should not be red or bright pink or secreting red juices as would a medium to rare steak. The other feature of a well done steak is that to get it cooked all the way through, the outside of it often gets charred. If that’s how you want your steak then fine, cook it in the pan. However, if you want your steak well done, without the charring, then cooking steak in the microwave the perfect method. When you microwave steak, you are benefiting from the fact that the microwaves will cook through down to 1.5 cm into the steak. This means that microwave steak gets cooked evenly all the way through to the middle giving it a degree well-done-ness (if that’s a word) with no charring.
This microwave steak recipe will need a tiny bit of help from your trusty old frying pan to finish it nicely. A Maillard Reaction (browning) just ain’t gonna happen to your steak using the microwave alone.
For this recipe I wanted to compare a microwave steak with a non microwave steak so I bought two nice cuts of aged British sirloin steak from the meat counter at the supermarket. I cooked one steak in the microwave and the other in the pan. I took some pictures so you can see the difference but you’ll have to trust me on the tasting part because I cannot share that experience with you via the Internet just yet.
You’ve waited long enough so here’s how to microwave a steak.
- Frying pan
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 250 g steak. The one I used was a 2 cm thick sirloin cut.
Select your microwave oven's power to get the correct timing
Total Cooking Time = 4 mins, 0 secs
- Rinse, pat dry and put the steak on the plate
- Put the bowl upside-down in the centre of the microwave oven and put the plate with the steak on top
- Cover the steak with a paper towel and cook for 3 minutes at half power
- Turn the steak over and again at half power, cook for another 1 -2 minutes depending on how well you want your microwave steak done.
- Heat up the oil in the pan at a high temperature and sear the microwave steak for around 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side depending on how browned you like it.
- Remove the microwave steak from the pan and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
To Serve Microwave Steak
Steaks are commonly eaten with potato based foods like chips, french fries or mashed potato. Some other suggestions of foods to accompany your microwave steak include fried eggs, salad or roasted vegetables. Most importantly a good red wine is required to fully bring out the flavours of your microwave steak.
Microwave Steak Tips
If you buy a good quality cut your microwave steak will not need any salt, pepper or any type of seasoning whatsoever. Simply cook it and enjoy the natural flavour. If you like you like your microwave steak nice and juicy eat it as soon as you remove it from the pan and let the juices run out when you cut into it.. If you prefer your microwave steak a little firmer then give it a couple more minutes before tucking in.